From American Cinematographer, Paging Machiavelli by Eric Rudolph (March 1998)
"The lighting of the people around the hero, Joe Ross, works to reinforce the ideas we want the audience to have about them. Characters who are perceived by Ross as his enemies are treated with slightly ominous lighting, and those he perceives as allies are given more flattering lighting. However, few people in this film are really who they seem to be. We used the lighting to help us play the game presented by the very clever script that David Mamet had written, to deceive the audience and keep them uncertain about who is friend and who is enemy."
- Gabriel Beristain, ASC, BSC